19 June 2018
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Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Hermitage Foundation UK reception

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s a great tradition for us to host Hermitage Foundation UK here every year. It is an honour to meet the people who make such an outstanding contribution to this great museum which was named Best Tourist Destination of Europe last year. We know and appreciate your effort and dedication. And this year a very important and little known part of the Hermitage treasures is on tour at the British Museum – I’m sure you have seen the breath-taking Scythians exhibition there.

This year is also the centenary of the dramatic events of 1917 that changed Russia and the world – and the Hermitage hosted a must-see exhibition, a short film about which you can see today in our library.

One more important highlight for today is the launch of the book – “Natter’s Museum Britannicum British Gem Collections and Collectors of the mid-Eighteenth Century”. It will be presented by Sir John Boardman.

So we have more than one reason to celebrate art tonight. But there is still one more. Let us greet Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley. She is the renowned specialist in Russian classical painting, author of the award-winning book “The Russian Canvas” and the curator of the highly successful “Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky” exhibition of the Tretyakov Gallery portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, which became a highlight of The Year of Language and Literature 2016. Today I have the pleasure, on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation to award Dr Blakesley with the Pushkin medal. This is the medal, named after our national poet, awarded for outstanding contribution to culture to Russian and foreign nationals.

Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for Dr Blakesley.

I would like to give the floor to the Chairman of the trustees of the Foundation James Dawney who will be followed by Sir John Boardman.





LATEST EVENTS

15.06.2018

Remarks by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the "Growing Up Bilingual: Educational Perspectives" seminar, 14 June 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, In today's diverse and multicultural world the importance of language training has become more and more significant. This has a special importance for children from diasporas, including the Russian speaking diaspora in Britain. While living in the English language environment, even kids from families, where Russian is spoken at home, lose language skills without learning Russian at school. This is why we commend supplementary Russian schools, like Znaniye.


13.06.2018

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s remarks at the Russia Day Reception, 13 June 2018

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, friends, I am delighted to welcome all of you today on the occasion of Russia’s National Day. This year has been very important for us. We have had Presidential elections in Russia. A new Government has been formed. We have identified our new goals – to effectively use the global economy growth factors, to achieve breakthroughs in the economy, social welfare, research and education, to significantly improve the quality of life. President Putin has plans to speed up Russian economy higher than average world growth and to make it the fifth largest economy in the world. These are our national priorities.


07.06.2018

Artem Novichenkov speaks at the Russian Embassy

On 7 June the prominent Russian literature scholar Artem Novichenkov gave a lecture at the Ambassador’s Residence on the topic “Dystopia: challenge of the present or fear for the future”.


06.06.2018

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko meets Professor Anthony Briggs

On 6 June, Russian Language Day, celebrated on the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, Russian Ambassador to the UK Dr Alexander Yakovenko met the distinguished scholar of Russian Professor Anthony Briggs.


30.05.2018

Brentwood Imperial Youth Band visits Russian Embassy

On 30 May 2018 the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band gave a performance at the Russian Embassy to mark their upcoming participation in the Kremlin military tattoo "Spasskaya Tower". The musicians played a selection of British and Russian tunes and were greeted by Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko. The event was organized with the help of the Rossotrudnichestvo mission.


29.05.2018

Alexander Yakovenko visits Oxford University

On 29 May 2018 Russian Ambassador Dr. Alexander Yakovenko visited Oxford University. The Ambassador saw the collections of Russian art at the Ashmolean Museum and presented a sculpture of William Shakespeare by the Honoured Artist of Russia, member of the Russian Academy of Arts Leonty Usov to the museum.


25.05.2018

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko presents prizes to the winners of the Russia2018Quiz dedicated to the 2018 World Cup

On 25 May 2018 the Russian Ambassador Yakovenko hosted the first 11 winners of the #Russia2018Quiz on Embassy’s Twitter account @RussianEmbassy, dedicated to the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Our guests come from various cities of England, Scotland and Germany. The winners received prizes – full set of official World Cup merchandise - from the Ambassador and enjoyed an exclusive tour of the residence.


09.05.2018

Victory Day celebrated in Britain

On 9 May 2018 the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was celebrated in London with a traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum. The participants included Russian and British veterans, representatives of the UK authorities, Embassies of Russia and other CIS countries, NGOs, Russian community. The "Immortal Regiment" of descendants of WW2 soldiers marched in London from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square along the Whitehall. Around 3500 people took part in this remembrance rally. Other events took place in Manchester, Derby, Leeds, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and other cities.


10.04.2018

“Read Russia” stand opens at the London Book Fair

On 10 April Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko jointly with the Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications Mr Vladimir Grigoriev visited the official opening of the Russian national stand “Read Russia” at the 47th International London Book Fair (LBF-2018) at Olympia exhibition centre, London. “Read Russia” project is a traditional participant of London Book Fair. 2018 it presents over 500 book titles mostly by modern authors.


09.04.2018

Reception to mark the Russia’s participation in the London Book Fair 2018

On 9 April 2018 the Russian Embassy hosted a reception to mark the London Book Fair 2018. “Read Russia” stand at LBF has already become a tradition. This year it proudly presents more than 500 book titles, mostly by modern authors. At the reception 2018 READ RUSSIA prizes were presented for best translations of Russian works of fiction, classical and contemporary, into English.



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